Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

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There’s so much excitement around the holidays with family visits, gifts to exchange, parties to attend and family favorite recipes to eat.  In all the hustle and bustle, sometimes we forget that our pets need routine, consistency and a watchful eye.  Here are few suggestions from the experts at MetLife Pet Insurance1.

Pet Safety Tips

Keep a consistent feeding schedule.  This is more important for dogs since cats tend to nibble most of the day.  By feeding your dog at their regular time and asking family & friends to not feed them table scraps or sweet treats, you will avoid the risk of upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea.

Keep the Christmas tree in a corner, best if out-of-sight from your pet (out-of-sight, out-of-mind, right).  If that doesn’t work, try putting something that rattles in an empty water bottle and tie it to the tree limbs.  This will alert you to when your pet is sneaking around!

Christmas tree water is not only toxic to your pet if they drink it, but you could end up with a dried out tree and a major fire hazard on your hands.

Lit candles on the Menorah or for decoration can be a serious danger for multiple reasons: singing curious whiskers or tales that get to close, and paws that like to bat at the flame; or being accidently knocked over leaving the potential to start a fire. As always, never leave a candle unattended.

Warm, sunny days can turn to cold, frosty nights this time of year with the drastic temperature changes.  Most likely if you are cold, your pet is cold.  Watch for pets going in and out and if you know the temperature is taking a dip, bring the pet indoors or have their outdoor housing ready with extra blankets or straw. And don’t forget to check under the hood – cats have been known to get in car engines to stay warm so remember to tap or honk before turning the key.

Liquid scents or potpourri is a danger to cats and can cause long term problems with just a few licks.  Scented oils in a simmer pot are also toxic and can results in severe chemical burns in the mouth, fever, difficulty breathing and tremors.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.